Five Popular Diamond Settings for Wedding Rings
When a client comes to visit us to discuss options for diamond wedding rings, they are usually unaware of the various setting styles that exist. All options that should be considered to gain a full appreciation of styles available. Each and every one of the following alternative setting styles can be custom made. Many pre-existing designs exist in various widths, depending on the level of customisation required. Sometimes a client prefers a greater or lesser extent of diamonds. At other times, the colour and clarity need to be matched to the engagement ring.
Here are a few of the alternative diamond settings available for wedding rings.
1. The flush setting
Perfect when a small accent of diamonds is required. This style can be applied to many plain wedding ring designs according to budget. You can have one, two, three diamonds or as many as your finances allow. Size is limited to the depth of the diamond, ill-advised if a thin, lighter weight of wedding ring is used. A certain setting depth is necessary to allow the diamond to be flush set into the metal. Rounds, Princess cuts and fancy shapes can be set in this same style and in any arrangement. Here you see a staggered arrangement, but it is just as easy to space diamonds all of the way around the ring. Probably the most cost-effective route to a fully set diamond wedding ring.
2. The Channel Setting
The channel setting is perhaps the most classic of setting styles. With diamonds retained by the continuous setting edge of a channel, each stone is positioned end-to-end around either a partially or around a full set design. Diamonds can be set in various cuts to achieve completely unique and individual results. Square shaped diamonds such as the Princess cut or Baguette Cut is best where no space is preferred between diamonds, as their flat edges literally butt up together in an unbroken ribbon of diamond around the full extent of the channel. The diamonds can also be incorporated into different ring profiles, and widths, with larger diamonds requiring deeper ring profiles.
3. The Grain Setting
Often created with a fine border, the diamonds are held within grains of metal rather than between the edges of a channel. These two styles can appear similar at first glance but upon closer inspection, the small grains of metal can be seen surrounding each individual diamond. Grain set diamond wedding rings are a beautiful alternative and work nicely especially alongside claw set diamond engagement rings. The overall look is very different from the claw set wedding ring and the plain polished edge can give the ring a smoother neater appearance. Many of the shaped wedding ring designs we produce feature this style (although this in itself is a personal preference for each commission.)
4. The Claw Setting
Popular for both diamond set wedding rings and diamond eternity rings, the claw setting provides another alternative setting style for many shapes of diamond. This style might be chosen to sit alongside an engagement ring with a similar setting style. Half set diamond wedding rings with claws are more suitable for sizing than channel settings, since each diamond can be individually secured instead of sharing the same setting edge as the entire set of diamonds. The claw setting can be combined with a plain shank with a graduated plain band around the underside of the finger. Altogether a lovely, classic and very popular, versatile alternative setting type.
5. The Full Bezel Setting
To complete the setting styles in today’s post, we have the fully bezel set diamond wedding ring design. Strictly speaking, this could be subdivided into partial and fully bezel set styles, but for the sake of simplicity, we are finishing with the full bezel set ring designs. Each diamond within the wedding ring is set into its own continuous frame of metal. This could be created for most of the diamond shapes, but owing to the uniformity found amongst round brilliant cut diamonds, this makes a perfect and popular diamond shape for such wedding rings.